The Chicago High School for the Arts (ChiArts) is a college-preparatory, pre-professional arts training program in the following disciplines: dance, music, theatre, and the visual arts. ChiArts is a Renaissance 2010 Contract School and Chicago’s first public arts high school.
ChiArts seeks to offer challenging courses in all subject areas that encourage intellectual curiosity and develop critical thinking skills. Students participate in a rigorous program, including five hours of academic classes and three hours of arts training in their major area per day. The school day begins at 8:00 a.m. and concludes at 5:00 p.m.
ChiArts is a citywide school that started with 150 9th-grade students in 2009. Last year the school achieved a milestone graduating their first class of seniors on stage at the Harris Theater.